Book Overboard!: Stories from the Sea
Alexander Turnbull Library Curatorial Summer Series 2018 — showcasing curators over 4 successive Wednesday evenings in February. The curators talk about their research, and highlight stories from the Alexander Turnbull Library collections.
- Date: Wednesday, 21 February, 2018
Free. Booking is not required
Programme Rooms, Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon
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We don’t think much about the sea now, of its storms and dangers. But in the 19th century, for those living on an island like New Zealand, reached only by ship, the sea had huge significance, both practical and metaphorical.
This talk looks at a selection of fascinating books which have come into the Turnbull collections by way of the sea, and speculates on some of the more outlandish meanings of the ocean in the contexts of these stories and their acquisition.
About the speaker
Dr Fiona Oliver is the Curator NZ & Pacific Publications at the Alexander Turnbull Library. She is also the Managing Editor of the Turnbull Library Record, and in 2014 curated the exhibition Extreme South: Antarctica imagined for the Turnbull Gallery.
Illustration by A F Lydon from Robinson Crusoe (1865)